Before. After.


My online vintage lighting store.


Saw this online. Luckily, I knew what it could be. Which was…




An extraordinary aspect of the fixture is that it retained its original bulb covers. Wow. These incredibly rare features clip on over a standard bulb and help diffuse the light. I used LED bulbs. And, well, wow. That the covers are in situ after almost a century is amazing. The whole fixture, by Midwest Chandelier of Kansas City, is of impressive quality and made of bronze.


My online vintage lighting store.





  1. Fritz Wang on July 5, 2020 at 5:56 am

    Bulb covers?! I didn’t even know they existed. Thanks for sharing this. I am ‘enlightened’. The fixture is beautiful. It looks quite heavy though.

  2. Colin on July 5, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Terrific fixture!

    Ross, what are your thoughts on LED bulbs in vintage lighting? Have you found a brand/wavelength that you like (many varieties of ‘daylight, warm, etc’)? Does the directionality of the light generated by the bulbs effect how certain fixtures reflect and spread light?


  3. Sandra D Lee on July 5, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    This restoration is astounding! Amazing that the bulb covers were all there!! You mentioned fir almost 100 years?? Was this a fixture from the 1920’s? Isn’t this amazing for its time? Who was the company?? ?? I love Lightolier when you feature them— so creative.

  4. Derek Walvoord on July 7, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Bulb covers! I was trying to see in the pics how they were held on, but couldn’t see any little chains or anything. Clip-ons! what a cool concept. I have a couple of clip on shades, and was worried about how I would attach them to the curly cue fluorescent bulbs. I am so glad there are the nice looking LED’s that are shaped like the old bulbs.

  5. Leigh on November 21, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Well… please excuse me while I pick up my jaw from the floor.

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